Solar eclipse to be partially visible in India
Solar eclipse to be partially visible in Indiaindia Updated: Apr 01, 2006 11:20 IST
Wednesday's solar eclipse, to be visible in India as a partial eclipse in the afternoon, has amateur astronomers preparing for a projection view even as many started getting ready for a holy dip in accordance with Hindu tradition.
The Capital will have a view of the partial solar eclipse on Wednesday for around one and half hours, authorities at the Nehru Planetarium said.
In Delhi, the eclipse will be visible from 4.33 pm in the afternoon and end at 6.02 pm. The maximum of the eclipse can be viewed at 5.19 pm, during which people can see about 17.5 per cent obscuration, or the area of the sun covered by the moon.
For a safe view, the Nehru Planetarium is arranging a public view of the eclipse.
"We are organising a special sky watch for visitors. Using a telescope, we will show it through projection," said N Rathnasree, director of the planetarium.
"Besides, astronomy students and amateur astronomers will conduct various studies like angular diameter of the sun and the moon and the minute fraction of the eclipse through geometrical methods," Rathnasree said.
However, she advised people not to view the sun through naked eyes. "The safe way is to project an image of the sun on to a screen using a simple pinhole camera, telescope or binoculars."
Some other places where the eclipse would be visible in India are Hardwar (4.32 pm - 6.02 pm), Patna (4.49 pm - 5.56 pm), Raipur (5.05 pm - 5.35 pm), Mount Abu (4.36 pm - 5.50 pm), Surat (4.50 pm - 5.34 pm) and Amritsar (4.25 pm - 6.06 pm).
Meanwhile, following the Hindu tradition, tens of thousands of people were preparing to take a holy dip in Kurukshetra in Haryana and other places of pilgrimage.
Considering the earth as a whole, the eclipse begins at 13.07 pm (Indian Standard Time) when the shadow of the moon first touches the earth at sunrise at a point in the South Atlantic Ocean, west of St. Helena.
The eclipse ends at 18.16 pm, when the moon's shadow finally leaves the earth during sunset at a point in the northwestern parts of China.
In general, the eclipse will be visible in the region covering Brazil, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, north-western parts of Chad, Libya, north-western tip of Egypt, Turkey, north-western parts of Georgia, south-western parts of Russia, Kazakhstan, the southern tip of Russia and ends in the northern tip of Mongolia.